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Marc Cucurella excluded from Brighton training following Chelsea transfer claim

The defender was thought to be moving to Chelsea, but the Seagulls have denied it

Brighton defender Marc Cucurella has been told to stay away from Brighton training after controversy broke out over a potential transfer away from the club in the last 24 hours.

After Manchester City dropped out of the race to sign the Spaniard, Chelsea opened talks to sign the full-back, and news broke across multiple sources that a deal had been struck on Wednesday for a fee of £52.5m, which would make him the most expensive left-back in history.

For his part, Cucurella handed in a transfer request at the end of July amid a keenness to join Pep Guardiola, but appears equally keen to make the step from Brighton to west London now that their interest has been revealed.

Despite this widespread agreement within the media that a deal was complete, however, Brighton debunked these reports with a club statement, in which they announced that no agreement had been reached with any club as of yet.

“Contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets this evening, no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Marc Cucurella”, they wrote on Twitter.

Cucurella excluded from training following dispute

Now, as per the Athletic, Cucurella has been banned from attending Brighton training for at least the remainder of the week as his future gets sorted.

“The Athletic understands a quoted figure of £52.5million ($63.4m) is below the club’s asking price”, the report adds.

It seems likely that, barring a drastic u-turn, Cucurella will be departing the south coast this summer sooner rather than later, with neither club wanting this to drag on towards the September 1st deadline.

For now, however, he remains a Brighton player.

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Ben Browning

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